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Kaleidoscope quilt – one block wonder

Video tutorial: Kaleidoscope quilt - one block wonder - whack and stack

This is one of those things that looks so complicated but nothing could be further from the truth.

To make a kaleidoscope quilt, you only need fabric with a large print and 6 print repeats. Each block is a hexagon and uses 6 triangles.

If you want to make it bigger, then get enough fabric for 12 print repeats or any number in multiples of 6.

You don’t really need a 60 degree ruler. Learn in 2 minutes how to use a regular ruler to cut 60 degree triangles before you start.

But first watch how easy it is to make this quilt.

How to make a kaleidoscope quilt

Learn in just 4 minutes:

I used just over 2 yards of fabric and got 44 blocks all together.

For the quilt I used 39 blocks and had 5 left over blocks.

Video tutorial: kaleidoscope quilt - whack and stack - on block wonder

The background triangles are the same size as the hexagon triangles.

Video tutorial: kaleidoscope quilt - whack and stack - on block wonder

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If you don’t have a 60 degree ruler

Not to worry, here is how to cut 60 degree triangles without special rulers:

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Video tutorial: Broken dishes quilt block

Video tutorial: Broken dishes quilt block

This is an easy quilt block suitable for beginners.

How to make a broken dishes block

Learn how to make a broken dishes quilt block in 2 minutes:

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Video tutorial: Lattice smocking

Video tutorial: Lattice smocking

How to make a lattice smocking quilt block

Learn in 2 minutes how to make lattice smocking:

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Materials

  • one 7 in x 7 in rectangle in red tones for the textured centre square
  • two 4 1/2 x 3 inch strips
  • two 9 x 3 inch strips

Block size

9 inches.

I used this technique in a fidget quilt.

Lattice closeup

Making the lattice
Draw a 7 in x 7 in grid on a piece of fabric and mark it as per photo. Lines are 1/2 inch apart on both directions.

Diagram

Sew the lattice in groups of 4, i.e. 1 – 2, 3 – 4, 5 – 6 and 7 – 8. Then move to the next 4 lot, i.e. 9 – 10 , 11 – 12, etc and complete each pair of lines up to the end of the grid. Then start from the left again in groups of 4 until the end of the line.

Arrow = pick up both dots together and stitch together and then do another stitch so the stitch doesn’t open

Red dotted line = pick up dot without joining with previous dot, ie carry the thread to the next dot

When moving from one pair of stitches, e.g. moving from 2 to 3, or from 5 to 6, always make a double stitch on the first dot, i.e. on 1, 3, 5, etc. and then make another double stitch after you join a pair, e.g. 1 and 2, 3 and 4, etc.

This is how it goes

Put needle through 1 and then pick up number 2. Pull both dots together and do a double stitch.

Now carry the thread to number 3 and pick it up but do not pull, just do a double stitch on number 3. Now pick up 4 and pull thread to stitch 3 and 4 together. Double stitch there. Now carry the thread to 5 and double stitch. And so on.

You will start seeing the pattern after you complete the first line.

Once you have stitched the grid, you need to stretch the square rather than iron it.

Pin the lattice to for ironing board or other padded surface and steam it with your iron. Let it dry.

Once it is dry, trim it to 5 inches. Iron the edges no more than 1/4 inches around well before stitching the border.

Cut two 5 in x 3 1/2 in rectangles and two 11 in x 3 1/2 in rectangles for the border.

This is one of my favourite blocks so far. The texture is very rich and it looks great in red.

Textured blocks tutorials

This is the 13th block in a series of 25 exploring texture in fabric.

Each block is made out of a centre 5 inch square featuring some fabric texture such as pin tucks, smocking, shirring and the like. Then a 3 1/2 wide border encloses each centre square.

The colour scheme is red and white/cream alternating reds and white/cream for the centre square and border.

Some of the textures show better on plain colours than on heavily patterned fabric.

See all Textured quilt sampler tutorials for this quilt.

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